Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Joe clutch in his hand in Chapter 2?

2. How can the community where this story takes place be described?

3. Who is the main gossip in Chapter 1?

4. Who gave Lena the house she lives in?

5. Who is clinging to Spunk in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

2. Describe the differences between Joe and Spunk.

3. Why does Spunk move Lena into the Bradley house?

4. Why do you think the court decided that Spunk acted out of self-defense?

5. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

6. Who is the winner of Hurston's story? How so?

7. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

8. Describe the events leading up to the end of Chapter 1 and the confrontation between Joe and Spunk.

9. Who narrates the final chapter? Is this effective?

10. Describe the relationship between Joe and Lena.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hurston uses a narrative point of view throughout the entire play. Why do you think it was written this way? What are the pros and cons of using this point of view in this particular story?

Essay Topic 2

What is the tone of "Spunk"? Why would Hurston choose to write the story in this type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

Essay Topic 3

The title of Hurston's work, "Spunk," seems straightforward, yet it indicates a particular significance about one character. In your opinion, why does Hurston choose this particular title? What does this title signify? What does it tell readers about the story?

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